Hula-hoopers limber up for Sunderland Olympic world record attempt

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HULA hoop fans have been signing up in their droves to take part in a world record attempt.

Hopes are high that 3,000 people can come together and hula-hoop for two continuous minutes.

The record attempt is part of the Sunderland in 2012 celebration event at Herrington Country Park on Saturday, June 16 – the day the Olympic Flame will travel through the city.

The current record stands at 2,492 people.

At Sunday’s Race for Life in Herrington Country Park, hula hoopers, pictured, were encouraging more people to get involved in the effort.

They put on a special display and urged runners to sign up.

The world record attempt is open to people of any age and hula-hooping experience isn’t necessary – just so long as people are up for the challenge to put Sunderland on the map as the “Hula Hoop World Record Holder”.

Hoops are provided, but anyone who has their own can bring it along for the challenge.

Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson, said: “The hula hoop world record attempt is another great way for people in Sunderland to take part in the Sunderland in 2012 programme and join in the celebration of the upcoming London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“It is free to register and take part, and we want people of all ages and abilities to take up the challenge to be part of the world record attempt.

“I have had a go myself and I have to admit it will be difficult, but if anything we love rising to a challenge in Sunderland so I am sure people will really enjoy trying to conquer the hula hoop for two minutes.”

People have until June 1 to register.

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